The Food of Love

by Sue Taggart

Valentine’s Day is just around the corner, and there’s nothing more romantic than an intimate candlelight dinner at home. The secret to a fun time is to select foods known for their aphrodisiac properties and make it all about spending time with your partner—not slaving in the kitchen! Think “food-porn”. Eating out, just find those special foods on the menu and wash it all down with a bottle of bubbly!

Let the love feast begin:


Alcohol lowers inhibitions and increases confidence; however, over-  indulgence has a sedative effect not conducive to a romantic tryst, so be careful to pace yourself. Sip water in between drinks. Champagne is considered to be “drink of love,” causing a warm glow in the body!


A little bit of trivia, three courses of asparagus were served to 19th century bridegrooms due to its reputed aphrodisiac powers. Asparagus is packed full of vitamins and minerals, in particular folic acid, which can help improve libido in both men and women. A super sexy starter is steamed asparagus spears dipped in melted butter. Eat with your fingers and maybe even feed your partner.


Due not only to its shape, but also its creamy, lush texture, bananas have been shown in some studies that its enzyme bromelain enhances male performance, they are also loaded with B vitamins, magnesium, and potassium, essential for sex hormone production.


With great health benefits for the body, the scent of basil is said to have an aphrodisiac effect. Make like the Italians and use basil in a homemade fresh pasta dish, such as basil pesto spaghetti or chili and basil fettuccine.


High in zinc, which stimulates the formation of testosterone, maintaining male functionality, caviar is the simplest and most elegant appetizer. So simple yet so decadent.


Chocolate contains both a sedative, which relaxes and lowers inhibitions, and a stimulant to increase activity and the desire for physical contact. It induces feelings of attraction and happiness – no wonder we love it so. Enjoy a delicious, decadent and fun chocolate dessert with your partner. Even better make it a “liquid dessert” with a chocolate martini.

Try out this Chocolate Crunch Torte Recipe!


Sweet and sticky, honey contains the mineral boron, which helps the body utilize estrogen and improves testosterone levels in the blood. Drizzle this golden concoction over Greek yoghurt, baked peaches or a delicious vanilla bean ice cream.


Some oysters repeatedly change their sex from male to female and  back, giving rise to claims that the oyster lets one experience the  masculine and feminine sides of love. The classic aphrodisiac, oysters –and other shellfish – are packed with zinc, a mineral that increases libido.


Considered a divine aphrodisiac by Egyptian pharaohs, most likely because its spicy taste stimulated the palate. A radish salad is a simple and unexpected start to a the perfect romantic dinner.


Probably due to its rarity and musky aroma truffles have long been considered to arouse the palate and the body. To sustain his masculinity, an ancient lover in lore was said to have gorged himself to death on Alba truffles during the wedding feast. With truffles, a little goes a long way


Happy Valentine’s.

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